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Two found dead in van in the Chesterton BP parking lot

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The Chesterton Police Department is investigating the deaths of two Illinois residents whose bodies were found in a van on Wednesday in the parking lot of the BP/White Castle at 525 Indian Boundary Road.

Police Chief Dave Cincoski identified the pair this morning as Andrew Dicharia, 49, of Chicago; and Kimberly Raines, 29, of Bolingbrook, whom Cincoski said was a “known associate” of Dicharia.

Dicharia and Raines are believed to have arrived at the BP at approximately 4:10 a.m., Cincoski said, after which their movements are unknown. At 12:08 p.m., however, a BP employee walking by the Illinois-plated Ford van observed an apparently unconscious subject inside and called 911.

The Chesterton Fire Department and EMS initially responded to the scene and found the two to be deceased: Dicharia reclined in the driver’s seat, Raines in the passenger’s seat.

Cause of death has not yet been determined, but Cincoski emphasized that no signs of trauma were observed on the bodies and foul play is not suspected. Cincoski did say that the presence of a substance preliminarily identified as methamphetamine was found on Dicharia’s person and that “both decedents were known to be substance abusers.”

No autopsy will be conducted, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today. Results from toxicology screens will be available in approximately six weeks, and Harris said that he expects them to show that Dicharia and Raines died of drug overdoses.

Evidence found in the van indicates that as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday the two were in Chicago, Cincoski said, and Dicharia, who was employed in the construction trades, is believed to have been traveling to a job in Michigan.

The van itself was full of tools and cluttered with litter, Cincoski said, and investigators have not yet completed their processing of the vehicle.


Posted 6/8/2017





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